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Senior Vp Operations
Eden Prairie, Minn.
Jodi Prohofsky oversees all operational aspects of CIGNA's strategic health service businesses, including behavioral health, employee assistance programs, health advocacy and lifestyle management programs, as well as case management and disease management. Under her leadership, CIGNA has earned the Business Insurance Readers Choice Award for best EAP for the past four years. The business unit has experienced growth under Ms. Prohofsky's guidance, expanding from about 16.4 million members at the end of 2006 to approximately 18.6 million members at mid-year 2008. Most recently, she was responsible for merging CIGNA Behavioral Health and CareAllies, CIGNA's behavioral health and advocacy business, into a single operational unit. Within her community, Ms. Prohofsky has been recognized with the Women in Business award from the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal and the Elaine McCormick-Wray award from the Working Family Resource Center of St. Paul for her support of work/life parent education programs in the Twin Cities.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE INDUSTRY: "I got into it by accident of all things. I started back with CIGNA in 1992. At that time, we were deliverers of service. I had just finished my Ph.D. and I was going to storm the academic world but I was off the academic calendar cycle. A friend of mine called and said 'Do you want a part-time job in my practice?' I started working for the company and about three days later I learned I was working for an insurance company. And...from there, I really started to enjoy the business part of it more and more."
THE BEST ADVICE YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED: "Be true to yourself. Do what's good for you, but most importantly maintain your integrity. Also, always know when you're in over your head. Make sure your ego doesn't get in the way of your success."
ADVICE FOR THOSE STARTING IN THE INDUSTRY: "Really know where your passions lie. Know where your talents lie. Don't try to over-engineer your career path. You really have to be open to any opportunities because you never know where they may take you."
WHAT YOU WANTED TO BE PROFESSIONALLY WHILE GROWING UP: "Veterinarian, lawyer, musical theater actress, psychologist/counselor."
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